The United Kingdom consists of four nations: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. England and Wales share a judicial system, but Scotland and Northern Ireland are separate jurisdictions. Since 1998 some legislative powers have been devolved to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as they have been recognised as autonomous nations within the UK.
This means that there is legislation from the English Parliament at Westminster, the Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies and the Scottish Parliament. Case law emanates from England and Wales jointly and from Scotland and Northern Ireland separately.
When you are referred to a case, you will usually be given the citation. This is the formal method of referring to a reported case and will follow a citation convention. The citation includes the names of the parties before the court, the date and often a report series and page number.
To find a cited case, try the following four step process:
If you have the case citation, follow the process above.
The databases below provide access to many United Kingdom cases, including both reported and unreported cases.
You can search by case name, subject, court and judge.